Oklahoma Marriage Initiative (OMI): A Process Evaluation. Implementation of the Service Delivery System: 2002-2007

05/23/2008

Much has been learned about implementing a statewide system for supporting and strengthening marriage since the early days of the OMI.  The initiative developed and refined its methods for working with volunteers and for working with agencies and institutions to deliver marriage education services.  Adjustments and supplementary elements were added to address specific challenges that arose and to build on opportunities that presented themselves.  To stimulate demand and awareness of marriage education services, the OMI began to sponsor large-scale community events that offer an abbreviated version of the curriculum.  These efforts have amounted to a two-part strategy for building statewide capacity  partnering with agencies and institutions, and working with volunteers in communities.  These efforts to build capacity have been pursued in parallel with broad-scale activities to develop the publics understanding of marriage education services and their potential for improving relationships.  The two parts of this strategy are detailed in Chapters IV and V.

The role of research and curriculum adaptations became increasingly important as the OMI pursued this twin strategy and expanded to serve more diverse population groups.  Below, we focus on the role that research has played in the ongoing expansion of the OMI into new areas, and provide a brief description of the curriculum adaptations that have developed and are being used in various sectors. 

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